Locarno Festival in Los Angeles 2020
Date: February 13-16, 2020
Location: Downtown Independent
Address: 251 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Four days, 11 Los Angeles premieres!
An unprecedented collaboration between Acropolis Cinema and the Locarno Film Festival, the fourth annual Locarno Festival in Los Angeles returns in 2020 to the Downtown Independent cinema, home of the festival’s first two editions. Running from February 13-16, the festival will present a special four-day program following three successful editions from 2017-2019. Writing for the Los Angeles Times, film critic Justin Chang describes Locarno in Los Angeles as “a jolting antidote to the mid-spring blockbuster blues, as well as a welcome reminder that cinema isn't just a global medium; at times, it can be downright otherworldly.” Curated by Acropolis founder Jordan Cronk and co-artistic director Robert Koehler, the festival's main program is comprised of a hand-selected group of films from the 72nd Locarno Film Festival’s Competition, Filmmakers of the Present, and Moving Ahead programs. With the generous support of MUBI, the Swiss Consulate General of San Francisco, and the Tadashi Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities, this year’s showcase titles include Tyler Taormina’s Ham on Rye (Opening Night), an L.A.-shot coming-of-age drama starring over 100 performers, including first-time actors and 90’s Nickelodeon child stars; Kôji Fukada’s eerie suburban thriller A Girl Missing (Spotlight Selection); Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter’s stunning sci-fi docu-fiction Space Dogs (Closing Night); and the highly anticipated Los Angeles premiere of Portuguese master Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela (Centerpiece Selection), winner of both the Golden Leopard and Best Actress prizes at last summer’s Locarno festival.